Met Gala 2017

    Rihanna wows

    The pop princess is always eagerly awaiting on the Met Gala red (or this year, blue) carpet ... case in point, this eye-popping outfit from the 2015 installment.
    And she didn't disappoint this time around, tackling the avant garde theme in style.
    (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
    (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

    Talk about avant garde

    Yes, that's the inspiration for tonight's theme. And quite a few more celebs have opted for avant garde-inspired outfits.
    Fashion designer Rick Owens and his wife Michele Lamy (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
    French model Aymeline Valade (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
    Actress and singer Haley Bennett (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Keeping up with ...

    Both Kylie and Kendall Jenner walked the Met Gala carpet, with strikingly different styles. Kylie sported a platinum blonde hairdo and a nude coloured see-through dress while Kendall opted for a rather interestingly cropped black dress to match her black hair.
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    (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
    (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

    A little bit of Canada on the carpet

    Toronto's the Weeknd (actual name: Abel Tesfaye) just showed up, walking with actress (and Bieber's-ex) Selena Gomez. She's sporting some pink eye makeup.
    And in case you were wondering, last year the Weeknd walked the Met Gala carpet with model and then-girlfriend Bella Hadid. He also performed at the gala.
    (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Lumps, bumps and armless

    Pharrell's wife Helen Lasichanh appears to have taken the call for avant garde dress to heart. She just showed up in a curvy red dress, similar to Rai Kawakubo's designs. Yes ... there are no arms.
    (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
    (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    This year's theme

    Last year, it was the future. This year, guests are being told to dress avant garde.
    The theme revolves around an exhibition that is on at the Met and for 2017, that's Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Kawakubo is an edgy Japanese fashion designer who is known for her quirky designs. Case in point: She's got dresses with lumps and bumps in 'em.

    The Super Bowl of fashion

    May's here which means its time for the annual Met Gala in New York, one of the biggest nights in the world of fashion. The gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. And what a fundraiser it is.
    Tickets to the event cost about $30,000 a piece, with tables running you about $275,000. But even if you've got the money, not just anyone can show up. It's ultra-exclusive and requires a personal invitation approved by Vogue's Anna Wintour.
    While known as the Met Gala, the event has many nicknames: the Super Bowl of fashion, fashion prom, the Oscars of the East Coast, even an ATM for the Met.
    Over the course of the evening, I'll be showing you who is walking the red carpet, sharing some Met Gala facts and turning to social media to see what folks are thinking about what the celebs are wearing.
    Shelley Acoca/Associated Press
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